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Ophthalmic Technician Salary

Median pay for Ophthalmic Technicians in the United States is around $16.07 per hour. Total cash earnings of Ophthalmic Technicians range from $25K on the low end to $48K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $1K and $5K, respectively. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While one-fourth report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and nearly two in five have dental, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the vast majority of Ophthalmic Technicians (86 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,849 - $53,308
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$53K
MEDIAN: $38,590
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$11.65 - $22.08
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,849 - $53,308  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,216  
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $4,818  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,632 - $47,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 132
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.65 - $22.08  
   
Overtime
$14.10 - $32.30  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,216  
   
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $4,818  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,632 - $47,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,190

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Job Description for Ophthalmic Technician

An ophthalmic technician is typically responsible for patient care and the flow of clinical activities on a daily basis. Their responsibilities generally include gathering patient history, maintaining and cleaning equipment, and returning phone calls to patients and pharmacies. An ophthalmic technician also must be able to accurately perform tests that include pupil exams, refractions, lensometer, topography, and amsler grids.

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Ophthalmic Technician Tasks

  • Perform visual acuity testing and assist in minor office procedures.
  • Record, review and verify patient information.
  • Assist ophthalmology patients by providing information and services; patient evaluations, vision health testing, lens fitting and care orientations.
  • Counsel and educate patients by reiterating physician orders for eye care.

Common Career Paths for Ophthalmic Technician


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Ophthalmic Technicians who transition into an Optometrist role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $94K per year. It is not uncommon for an Ophthalmic Technician to continue on to become a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant or a Certified Ophthalmic Technician.

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Popular Skills for Ophthalmic Technician


Ophthalmic Technicians seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Medicine / Surgery, Refraction, Medical Photography, and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with Electronic Medical Records also know Medical Photography.

Pay by Experience Level for Ophthalmic Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Ophthalmic Technicians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $30K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $36K. Ophthalmic Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $39K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $42K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Ophthalmic Technicians that is 33 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Ophthalmic Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+25 percent), Portland (+24 percent), Seattle (+23 percent), and New York (+18 percent). In Tampa, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Grand Rapids and Nashville also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

Ophthalmic Technician Reviews

What is it like working as an Ophthalmic Technician?

Ophthalmic Technician in Richardson:
"Stress Level"
Pros: Working with the public because I am a huge people person with a BIG personality. I extremely enjoy meeting new people and have a caring heart.
Cons: MEAN DOCTORS. 10+ people have come and gone since my year employment having to pick up slack. Employees who constantly are late or don't show up to work. Dealing with co-workers who don't pull their weight. Employees who create drama. Constantly being micro-managed when I clearly understand my responsibilities that do not require supervision. Extreme warm temperature when around numerous instruments.

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Experience Affects Ophthalmic Technician Salaries




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Ophthalmic Technician Salaries


Refraction
up arrow 8%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
0%

Medical Photography
0%

National Average
$34,000

Patient Education
up arrow 1%

refracting
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 236 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 26%
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